Wednesday, February 23, 2005
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Interesting facts of the day
The Economist has a survey on New York City that is chock full of fascinating information. Some of the items that piqued my interest:
Click here to hear an audio interview with the survey's author, Anthony Gottlieb.posted by Dan on 02.23.05 at 09:37 PM
I noted the same survey last week.
The first and last one's you cite were the ones that popped out at me. The survey should be required reading, IMHO.posted by: Dave on 02.23.05 at 09:37 PM [permalink]
I suspect the single male/female ratio is even more skewed than is sugested by the survey because it doesn't appear to take into account sexual orientation. Although I can't point to any particular data, my own impression is that gay men flock to urban areas more than gay women. So if a larger percentage of single NYC men are gay than single NYC women, the reality for single straight women is even more harsh.
As a single straight guy, I certainly noticed that in San Francisco in the early 90s. I never met so many dateless single women in my life. Now San Francisco is probably the extreme but I expect the pattern holds true elsewhere.
As for safety, I only visit NYC every few years, but it absolutely blows me away how much safer the city feels now. At least Manhattan. Can't believe how many unattended young girls you see on the subway at night. You'd have never seen that in the 80s and early 90s.posted by: Kent on 02.23.05 at 09:37 PM [permalink]
The data confirm my personal observations re: single females. This is good to know. I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me. I'm moving, that's it. But where to? Any ideas?posted by: Toni Macaroni on 02.23.05 at 09:37 PM [permalink]
Well, if you want to meet guys there's always Alaska.
I can't possibly give you advice on where to move without any idea of your profession and interests.posted by: Kent on 02.23.05 at 09:37 PM [permalink]
I was educated in NYC and left in the 1980s when all the experts and opinion leaders were saying that the city was ungovernable. This is what it was like in those days. The city had defaulted on its obligations. The state, in its wisdom, had created a new bureaucracy to oversee the city government. I was on my way to an interview with this new bureaucracy. There I was standing in a crowded subway car, every millimeter of its surface covered in gangster graffiti hailed as high art by the cognescetti,stopped in the middle of the tunnel in suffocating heat with a disheveled person soaked in urine screaming invective in my face while other passengers looked away in fear that they might become the next target. At the next stop I exited and walked home resolving never to ride in the subway again and to leave NYC at the earliest opportunity. Make no mistake about it. Rudi Giuliani accomplished something revolutionary. He is rightly feted and nationally popular for his handling of 9/11. If there had been no 9/11, wish it were so, he would still stand out as an exception in American politics. This is probably not enough to get him the presidential nomination. His monument is the thousands now alive who would have been murdered had things been allowed to continue as they were before he was elected, much to the consternation of the liberal elite. Everyone riding safely alone at night in a clean subway car should thank Rudi Giulani.posted by: jimbo on 02.23.05 at 09:37 PM [permalink]
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